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June 1st, 2015

Harmonic Has Perfect Pitch w/New Products @ BroadcastAsia2015

[SatNews] At CommunicAsia Harmonic will present products that include the company's Spectrum™ X next-generation media server system. Harmonic also will feature the latest release in the Electra™ family of encoders with its ProView™ 8100 integrated receiver-decoder (IRD) and Ellipse® 3200 contribution encoder.

Harmonic will demonstrate an end-to-end solution optimized for live events and news coverage. The Harmonic Products at BroadcastAsia2015 include: 

NEW Electra™ X Advanced Media Processor Family

The new Electra™ X Advanced Media Processor Family—Harmonic will showcase its new fully converged platform for broadcast and OTT delivery of SD, HD and Ultra HD/4K content. This is the first encoder family to support graphics, branding and playout functionalities, as well as video quality and full-frame UHD/4K live encoding.

Featuring real-time encoding of SD, HD and UHD/4K media; integrated branding and graphics; and reliable transport stream playout, Electra X offers content and service providers market-leading video quality, unparalleled function integration and increased operational flexibility in a cost-effective appliance.

The family includes the 1-RU Electra X2, ideal for all SD and HD media processing applications, and the 2-RU Electra X3, designed specifically for UHD/4K encoding supporting formats up to 2160p60 (HEVC Main 10). Powered by the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™, the Electra X boosts video compression efficiency across an extensive range of formats and codecs, including MPEG-2, AVC and HEVC codecs, over CBR, VBR and ABR encoding schemes to support a broad array of devices, from handhelds to UHD/4K TVs.

Spectrum™ X Next-Generation Media Server System

Spectrum™ X Next-Generation Media Server System—The Spectrum™ X next-generation media server is designed for production and playout applications, the Spectrum X media server system eases the transition to IP broadcast workflows by integrating SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis. The software-based system leverages Harmonic's VOS™ technologies and combines file, baseband and transport stream ingest with comprehensive integrated channel playout capabilities, including graphics and branding, DVE, master control switching and audio mixing. 

Supporting a broad range of SD and HD formats, and upgradable to Ultra HD, the Spectrum X system can operate as a true channel-in-a-box solution, as an integrated channel playout server or as a conventional I/O server connected to Spectrum shared storage infrastructure or internal storage.  

The Spectrum X server is an easy-to-deploy, 1-RU ingest and playout system for up to four channels that fits seamlessly into any existing broadcast infrastructure, and it can be operated as an SDI server within a conventional SDI infrastructure, an IP-based system or a hybrid of the two.

Harmonic ProView™ 8100 Commercial Integrated Receiver-Decoder

ProView™ IRD and Ellipse® Encoder—This end-to-end contribution and distribution solution for live events and news coverage at BroadcastAsia2015 features the company's ProView™ 8100 integrated receiver-decoder (IRD) and Ellipse® 3200 contribution encoder. When used together, Harmonic's Ellipse contribution encoders and ProView IRDs provide video content and service providers with a highly flexible and scalable solution for digital newsgathering, optimizing video quality, increasing bandwidth efficiency, and lowering operating expenses by offering support for 4:2:2 10-bit video encoding and decoding.

Harmonic Ellipse® 3200 Contribution Encoder

A key highlight will be Harmonic's Ellipse 3202 encoder, the industry's first DSNG encoder with an integrated modulator that supports both the new DVB Carrier ID (DVB-CID) standard for reducing interference between satellite signals and the new DVB-S2X specification for improving performance of DVB-S2 satellite digital broadcasting.